Jayson Tatum has stated he believes the present Boston Celtics roster is able to profitable an NBA championship subsequent season underneath coach Ime Udoka.
When requested if he feels his workforce as at present constructed can win an NBA title, he responded: “What sort of competitor would I be if I stated no?” Tatum instructed NBC Sports activities Boston’s Tom Giles.
“I all the time imagine in myself and imagine in my teammates. “Clearly we obtained shut, obtained to Sport 6 and we didn’t make it occur, so this offseason, the whole lot is nearly getting again to that time and getting over the hump.
“Clearly we added two nice items that I really feel make us loads higher and complement our workforce extraordinarily properly.”
— Celtics on NBC Sports activities Boston (@NBCSCeltics) August 4, 2022
In the identical interview, Tatum additionally spoke about his relationship with co-star Jaylen Brown who has reportedly been talked about in a possible commerce bundle for Boston to amass Kevin Durant from the Brooklyn Nets.
“We simply attempt to keep within the second, it’s not essentially about what our legacy would appear to be if we did this, that and the third. Simply making an attempt to be the most effective variations of ourselves, the most effective gamers we could be, and compete on the highest degree.
“I believe we actually took these subsequent steps final season,” Tatum stated. “We’d be the primary to let you know that we’ve obtained extra to do, extra to perform. And we’re keen to take action.
“We’re rising collectively,” Tatum added. “Regardless of all of the people who stated we couldn’t play collectively, we all the time believed that we might.”
The 24-year-old can signal a record-breaking $298m extension in 2024 and can change into supermax eligible if he earns All-NBA honours once more within the 2022-23 season.